I am a really big fan of Ethiopian food. If its not fresh tropical fruits its plates of sweetly spiced veggie sauces, piled on top of this fabulous eat with your hands bread,lentil filled sambosas and spicy savory sautéed beef served in a charcoal heated ceramic dish. Oh, and its all followed by 3 rounds of freshly roasted coffee beans. And don’t fret there is also an array of Ethiopian brewed beer
There is no word in the Amharic language for Surprise. For first impressions, for being the 14th largest populated country in the world, the capital city of Addis abeba, is greener than I could have ever expected. Eucalyptus, Mango, Banana, Pomegranate, Avocado, Pine and Hibiscus, only to name a few, all in the same spot. I am so excited to be here.
Those dusty boards found just about 2 months ago in an abandoned shelter have shaped up well.
With only 4 days left before catching my plane to Ethiopia, there is still plenty to be done around the land in el Pingarron. We have 3 hives built and ready for installation and just in time for swarm season. Weather permitting we’re hoping to put the hives in place and we will keep our fingers crossed that our neighboring beehives will swarm just in time.
Rule of thumb number 1: When you want do do one thing you must do at least 3 before.
And if you want to do that thing, activity, project, construction, what have you, in Africa, well you have to do at least 7 things before.
Lacking the precise word in English to signify a mix of desire, energy, and motivation, it is more direct to say in Spanish that Ganas Exist.
We at Beefree Apiaires, Boss man at Ethiopia Reads, formerly known as TEFSA, and my hardworking school building brother also share in the Ganas it will take to make this project happen.
However, knowing better, and of course knowing the pace of day to day activities in Ethiopia, as well as the frequency of things going against any precipitated plan, we’ve decided to push back the 1 month Pilot Program for this coming April in exchange for an 1 month in country assessment so to speak.
I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make this dream a reality and that means investing all I got. On my own account I’ll be flying out of Madrid, Tuesday March 26th in route to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The plan as of know is to spend the first few days meeting with the bossman, Dana, while staying at my brothers flat in Addis. We had an opportunity to meet back in Minneapolis one cold Sunday before I took off for Spain, and though we’ve been trying to connect over the internet over the past 2 months since my US departure, with all the movement on both ends, meeting in person and especially in country will really help turn this project into reality.
My brother Cien will be returning to the capital from his 3rd school building of the year on April 6th and from there I’ll be tagging along on his escapades to the villages where he has been working for the past 3 years. Known as Kembata Tembora, this same region is where we are working towards implementing the 3 phase Beekeeping, Public Health and Community education program.
Traveling around the area with my brother for a months time will provide us with much needed information. I’m planning on treating the visit as one very big a very large research Project. I’ll be meeting communities, their schools as well as their health programs. Local agriculture will be assessed for pollination purposes and Propolis giving trees will be identified for future hive placement.
As far as beekeeping goes, as there is no country with richer history for Honey Bees, I also have my note taking cut out for me. Beyond the many lessons, I will be assessing available resources, including wood for hive building, metal for tool construction and materials as well as the knowing of seamstresses for the creation of the necessary protective clothing needed.
Lastly and equally if not as important, I am hoping to meet with in country beekeepers, the more local the better. I also have my eye on and have already been in contact with the Bees for Development International, Beekeeping for Excellence Center in the Holetta region in the North. Check out their informative website at (http://www.beesfordevelopment.org/). This is where I begin to ask for Community Collaboration.
This trip alone to the north, via public transportation including lodging will run me $200. My money is tight and I am always willing to collaborate so this is when I begin to make offers to my friends, family and supporters of all breeds all over the world.
In exchange for a donations between $1- $25, I’ll send you a handwritten postcard.
For a Donations between $26 and $50 I’ll send you a handmade hand dipped Ethiopian wax candle and a handwritten thank you note.
For donations between $50 and $100 I’ll send you a candle, a note and a jar of the best Ethiopian Honey I come across.
Any thing more than that will be going towards beehive construction. If not this trip than than the next.
$50 more or less will buy one village participant all the necessary equipment, beehive and material needed in order to be a beekeeper.
While another $50 dollars will pay for their week long education program in order to become a successful beekeeper.
So what do you think, are you willing to collaborate?
If your answer is yes, oui or si, press the make a donation button at the top or bottom of this page and send Beefree Apiaries the electronic funds it will take to make this dream a reality.
You can always send me an email at email@example.com for any question, concern or inquiry.
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Three and a half years ago I set off for uncharteed territory in search for my passion in life.
One farm led me to the next and every travelers story preped me for those to come. Southeast asia led me to Australia and fruit picking work brought me to a small rivertown in Queenland. Delivering junk mail door to door provided me with good excercise and introduced me to the F.C Assailant. It was at sea on the great barrier reef, on the deck under the spotlights, while sorting shrimp for the European Union and chatting with Shane, my deckhand and shrimp boat guide that I started thinking about honey bees.
Now it’s monday night here in Spain and the wind is ratteling just about everything. I’m much more content sleeping in a warm bed with flanel sheets than the bunker I had on the assailant but the wind sure reminds me of the late nights crawling out the arms, unhooking the netchains, while gripping tight onto the cold wet metal with the other.
In order to get any idea up and running a little bit of a start-up fund is necessary. So, I´ve decided to become my own bank and put my eclectic skill set to the test here in Spain. I´m distributing resumes and putting up flyers for group and individual english workshops around town and I have no doubt that money-making opportunities will be presenting themselves shortly.
Project Coordinator Bee Free Apiaries
Queen Bee Rearer and Apiculture Internship. January-Sept 2012. La Muela, Andalucía, Spain. Apicola, La Muela. Daniel Leinenweber – DLeinenweber@hotmail.com
TEFL Certification and Practice. July-August 2009. Intermediate Level English Courses taught at West Side Community Center, St. Pau l. 153 Cesar Chávez Street Saint Paul, MN 55107Seattle University Bachelor of Arts; Honors Degree in International Studies. Graduation 2009. 901 12th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122
Undergrad experiences focused on Community Driven Development Programs.
- Centro de la Raza Community Center. Seattle, Washington. April-June 2009. Project Coordinator and Lead Builder for Raised Bed Garden Project Serving 30 low income Seniors in Bell Hill District. Raquel Garcia (206) 957-4643 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ElcentrodelaRaza.com
- CIMAS Program of Public Health, Quito, Ecuador. December-March 2009. Jose Suarez-Lopez . http://www.cimas.edu.ec
- Venusa Institute, Mérida, Venezuela. January-June 2007. Spanish and Integral Cultural Study. http://www.Venusa.edu
Post Graduation “Real life” Experience.
- “Akuli and the Bees” Shadow Puppet Theatre Presentation- August 2012. 2 hour bi-weekly animation of a West African Tale through shadow puppet creation held with group of village youth. El Centro de Barrio (Community Center) La Muela, Cadiz Province, Andalusia Spain. Jesus email@example.com
- Public Relation Services, Community engagement, Horticulture Assistant and Photographer. Pavlovci, Serbia Sept-Dec 2011. Aleksandra Veriga. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Market research and Publicity- http://artesaniasafricana.blogspot.com.es. Sales of Burkina Faso Handiwork. Spain. June 2011-December 2012
- Environmental Education through garden and Beehive installation- La Muela Community Village youth. Susansa Lechner. email@example.com
- Public Relation Services and Project Assistant for Okakene West African Caravan. Spain-Burkina Faso January-May 2011 http://www.okakene.com
- Community Health outreach and engagement. Sale, Rabat District, Morocco. February 2011
- Rebibir Solar Well Project Material Delivery and Community Outreach. March 2011. Boutilimout, Mauratania. http://www.Rebibir.org
- Traditional Therapist medical Clinic Homestay. Lafiabougou N’Tabakoro. Bamako, Mali. March-April 2011. firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 2292789 Dr. Bourama Soumaoro
- Project Outreach- Segou Region Apiculture Association. Farako Honey, Segou, Mali. April 2011. Farakomiel@yahoo.fr.
- Children’s Activity and Project Coordinator, District 12 Bobo-Diloussou, Burkina Faso. April-May 2011.
- Restoration Worker, Receptionist, Public Relations- Casa Caracol, Cadiz, Spain. December 2010-January 2011. http://www.casacaracol.com
- Deckhand for the FC. Assailant Shrimp Boat. Queensland, Australia. June –August 2010
- Builder and Project assistant for Earthbagbuilding center Koh Phan Gan Thailand. February- March 2010. Julian Balmer http://www.phanganearthworks.com/
- Gardener and Project assistant for Gearson Therapy Wholistic Treatment Center, Chang Dao, Thailand. February 2010 Steven luch. http://mylymeblog.com/
- Volunteer Coordinator and Lead Builder. Lao Organic Farm Mud brick house. October 2009-January 2010. Pedro Moya. Abraza_arboles@yahoo.es http://www.Laoorganicfarm.com, http://www.gaia.org
Extra Curricular Activities
- Seattle University Women’s Soccer Team member. 2005-2009